#BernieMadeMeWhite Highlights a Huge Media Oversight in the Sanders Campaign
The biggest recent trending moment with Sanders involved a bird landing on his podium during a rally. Awesome, undeniably, especially when you stack it up side-by-side with that astounding footage of Trump being attacked by a supposedly tame eagle, but pretty hollow when you remember that 'friends with birds' doesn't feature anywhere in his policy playbook.
Even with the coverage he is getting, though, one particular thing seems to be roundly overlooked - he has an enormous amount of support in the non-white community. He just notched Hawaii, the least white state in the US, and still very little attention was called to that fact. The only aspect of it that's really garnered any attention has been his relationship with the Black Lives Matter campaigners.
Also, now that #BernieMadeMeWhite, can I please get on an airplane without being harassed by airport security?! pic.twitter.com/4lDvIL6Y6T— Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) March 28, 2016
#BernieMadeMeWhite & male so I don't have to worry about maternal healthcare, paid family leave, or gender pay gap. pic.twitter.com/QXO48QiKtB— Ashlyn Shockley (@ashlynshockley) March 28, 2016
It goes beyond more oversight though, with many publications actually claiming that Bernie's supporters are almost exclusively young white men, despite his wins in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington. Before long, dissatisfied supporters were registering their unhappiness on Twitter, and then the jokes started to roll in, and #BernieMadeMeWhite was born.
Doesn't matter. Hawaii is a lily white state that borders vermont. #BernieMadeMeWhite— Mimzy (@Mimzy122) March 27, 2016
The premise is simple - non-white supporters jokingly talking about how throwing their weight behind Sanders magically turned them into a white person, and whatever that might imply. It's picked up steam in a major way, enough that some Clinton supporters have waded in, trying to contest that Sanders is still having issues with non-white voters, and that comparatively, Clinton is not. The next exit polls will be pretty telling, but it seems to me that the #BernieMadeMeWhite gang aren't so much trying to prove that Sanders has overwhelming support from them, more that they aren't being fairly represented.
Callum is a film school graduate who is now making a name for himself as a journalist and content writer. His vices include flat whites and 90s hip-hop. Follow him @Songbird_Callum
#BernieMadeMeWhite Highlights a Huge Media Oversight in the Sanders Campaign Reviewed by Callum Davies on Thursday, March 31, 2016 Rating: